On an old nursery site in Berlin-Mariendorf, the HUGOS district is being developed, creating a new residential area with its own local amenities, daycare center, and parks. Patzschke Architects have contributed the facade concept for the row houses and condominiums. Despite the challenge of tightening budgets, we remain committed to realizing a diverse and appealing design in every context.
In a central location in Berlin, a new urban quarter has emerged: The Forum Museumsinsel.
The “Haupttelegraphenamt”, an imposing neobaroque block from the late 19th century, dominates the northern part of the project. The historical building fabric has been authentically restored and modernized. The former “Haupttelegraphenamt” on Oranienburger Strasse was inaugurated in 1916 as Germany’s most elaborate post building at the time. In the post-reunification era, the building with its impressive facade stood vacant. The ambitious redevelopment plan included shops, offices, and the new “Telegraphenamt” hotel. Preserving the historical building fabric was paramount for this significant heritage building. Balancing between technically demanding early modernist constructions and opulent representative architecture of the late Wilhelminian period, the redesign is now giving new life to both the splendor of the neobaroque facade and the charm of the rustic steel structure.
This remarkable new building was conceived as a replacement for a long-standing derelict construction site. The facades are symmetrically designed with a main entrance along the central axis. Single-story projections intentionally break the symmetry. The distinctive rounded corners are a key feature of the external appearance, as is the curved entrance facade of the building, mirroring the layout of the street. Due to the slight slope, on the garden side the two-story building reveals an additional full basement level. The monochromatic plaster facade hides the state-of-the-art construction using cross-laminated timber (CLT), highly energy-efficient with geothermal heating and photovoltaic electricity supply, meeting the KfW-Effizienzhaus 40 plus standard. Window surrounds, building base, and garden walls are crafted from solid travertine. The metal elements, powder-coated in a special shade of green, provide both a subdued and distinctive color accent within an otherwise limited palette of materials-appropriate tones.
In the heart of a picturesque Brandenburg village, a new estate was constructed on a generous 3,400 m² plot to replace an existing old building. The photos highlight the high craftsmanship quality of execution. The building ensemble, comprising the main building and an ancillary wing, seamlessly integrates into the village’s characteristic streetscape. This energy-efficient building utilizes a heat pump for heating and a photovoltaic system for electricity supply.
Stadt statt A 104 – calling for the demolition of the A 104 autobahn
Model project for future urban reconstruction possible.
Patzschke Architects present new designs.
Hans Stimmann (former Senate Building Director of Berlin) and Karl-Georg Wellmann (former Federal MP for the CDU) have joined the Berlin-Brandenburg Association of Architects and Engineers (Architekten- und Ingenieurverein zu Berlin-Brandenburg – AIV) in calling for the demolition of the A 104 autobahn in its entirety to make way for a new model project for future urban reconstruction.
The demolition of the highway bridge crossing Breitenbachplatz has been put in motion through the combined efforts of professional experts and the public. Yet this is where the reasoning comes up short, as dismantling only the bridge would amount to a mere patchwork job. It is for this reason that the project’s instigators support and make the case for the demolition of the entire A 104. To illustrate the significant opportunities for reclaimed urban areas to be gained through the removal of the A 104, Robert Patzschke, architect and AIV board member, has created model designs and added new elements to the existing structure. These urban design sketches are meant to encourage politicians, economists and the general public to adopt a forward-thinking stance on urban development and approach the reconstruction decisively.